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Grateful Dead Live at Denver Coliseum on 1973-11-21

Topics Live concert

This show has been commercially released as "Road Trips: Vol 4, Number 3"

Me & My Uncle, Sugaree, Jack Straw, Dire Wolf, Black Throated Wind, Big Railroad Blues, Mexicali Blues, They Love Each Other, Looks Like Rain, Here Comes Sunshine, Big River, Brokedown Palace, Weather Report Suite Prelude-> Weather Report Suite Part 1-> Let It Grow Mississippi Half Step-> Playin' In The Band-> El Paso-> Playin' In The Band-> Wharf Rat-> Playin' In The Band-> Morning Dew, Truckin'-> Nobody's Fault But Mine-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> One More Saturday Night, E: Uncle John's Band

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Denver Coliseum
Location Denver, CO

Source Soundboard


via D. Barrick (hurtsme2); B. Yerys reports digiprobs at d1t1 ~0:42,
d1t4 ~1:10, d2t2 ~10:38


Reviewer: rschwz28 - - September 21, 2010
Subject: Wake of the Flood
Is there a cut in Let It Grow?

I usually spend my time at this site on the '68 to '71 years. But I'm glad I stumbled across this show - it brings back fond memories. Hash oil and Wake of the Flood. Lysergic acid and Nixon's "Saturday night massacre" (ask your parents).

I really miss Jerry.
Reviewer: Sh3rman420 - - August 5, 2010
Subject: Denver All day
Great Show overall just focus on Jerry and Bill and let Phil,Weir and Keith sneak up on you and you won't be disapointed
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - - September 11, 2009
Subject: open YOUR ears
ACTUALLY, to the person below me, i'd have to somewhat agree w/ cpt. cook here. garica misses a number of notes (in L.I.G., Half-step, and the first PITB to name a few) and does seem to be having a relatively off night.

DESPITE this, the dexterity and beauty with which the band pulls of PITB>El Paso>PITB>DS Jam>Wharf>PITB>Dew is remarkable and this show is well worth a listen for many other reasons.

check out 11/11, 11/17, 12/6, and dick's picks 1 before getting this one.
Reviewer: swinnies - - April 1, 2009
Subject: What?
Capt Cook -

Off Night MY ASS! This is one of the best shows of the fall run...this whole month just is the f*cking shit man! Ordinary Playin???? C'mon, open your ears!!!!!

Lay down for this show, it's worth it!
Reviewer: SpecialPurpose - - August 19, 2008
Subject: Here Comes Sunshine = Indeed.
Just put HCS on while doing a little work at home. Instantly had to take a break from work and dance my ass off for a few moments. Feel much better now. If you are a fan of this song be sure to get this show. If you are a fan of the Grateful Dead be sure to get this show. If you know what the fu*k is good for you be sure to get this show. This IS the show you were looking for. Congratulations.

P.S. - I heart you all ;)
Reviewer: smgarcia - - June 18, 2008
Subject: WRS in wrong slot
Just to clarify...WRS is in the wrong position on this stream. It's not after Morning Dew but rather it closes the 1st set after Brokedown Palace.
Reviewer: bomberman - - April 19, 2008
Subject: Fantastic Show
'73 is probably my favorite year, great set lists, an abundance of energy and many great performances. This one is right up there.
1st set shines and the "Wake of the Flood" material is played beautifully, harmonies and all. Concert-wise this show is excellent. Sound-wise...the sound overall is really good but there are some level adjustments to make and too many splices. I only wish I could here the entire show straight through.
Don't let this stop you from listening to this beauty and after all, what the heck do I know?? Still, 5 stars for show, 4 stars for sound rounds to a 5 anyway!
Reviewer: Liamfinnegan - - November 22, 2005
Subject: Remarkable Show
Such a good tour. Hard to pick favorites. But this show is a stand out front to back. From the first Playin on out to the Morning Dew is outstanding, and the segues things of beauty.
Reviewer: StrawRider - - November 13, 2005
Subject: Denver Dead
Both the 20th and 21st are incredibly good shows. There's no lack of material, that's for sure. I'm here to share my thoughts on how you can get both shows onto five 80 minute compact discs. If you want to read a detailed review of this show, skip this. If you're like me and want both shows in a companion 'box' set, here's how I managed it without moving too much around:
CD 1
Nov. 20, 1973:
_1. They Love Each Other
_2. Me And Bobby McGee
_3. Tennessee Jed
_4. Big River
_5. Row Jimmy
_6. WRS Prelude-> WRS Part 1->
_7. Let It Grow
_8. Casey Jones
_9. Promised Land->
10. Bertha->
11. Greatest Story Ever Told
CD 2
Nov. 20, 1973:
_1. Mississippi Half Step->
_2. Dire Wolf
_3. Looks Like Rain
_4. China Cat Sunflower->
_5. I Know You Rider
_6. Truckin'->
_7. The Other One-> Mind Left Body Jam->
_8. Stella Blue
CD 3
Nov. 20, 1973:
1. E: Uncle John's Band
or Sugar Magnolia
Nov. 21, 1973:
_2. Me & My Uncle
_3. Sugaree
_4. Jack Straw
_5. Dire Wolf
_6. Black Throated Wind
_7. Big Railroad Blues
_8. Mexicali Blues
_9. They Love Each Other
10. Looks Like Rain
11. Here Comes Sunshine
12. Big River
13. Brokedown Palace
CD 4
Nov. 21, 1973:
_1. Weather Report Suite Prelude->
_2. Weather Report Suite Part 1->
_3. Let It Grow
_4. Mississippi Half Step->
_5. Playin' In The Band->
_6. El Paso->
_7. Playin' In The Band->
_8. Wharf Rat->
_9. Playin' In The Band->
10. Morning Dew
CD 5
Nov. 20, 1973:
_1. Ramble On Rose
_2. Mexicali Blues
_3. Don't Ease Me In
_4. Black Throated Wind
_5. Brown-Eyed Women
_6. Beat It On Down The Line
_7. To Lay Me Down
_8. The Race Is On
Nov. 21, 1973:
_9. Truckin'->
10. Nobody's Fault But Mine Jam->
11. Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad->
12. One More Saturday Night
13. E: Uncle John's Band
Reviewer: hyperboy - - October 28, 2005
Subject: SMOKIN' SHOW!!!
Holy Moly!! This show is beautifully played and just crystal clear sound qulaity. My computer speakers are NOT doing it justice...I can NOT wait to jam this show in my car and at home all weekend long!! I have only made it through TLEO so far and I can tell this show is gonna take me places I've never been. The first set so far is just perfect. But take a look at set II...damn I can not wait to hear that Playin>El Paso>Playin>Wharf Rat>Playin>Dew marathon!
Reviewer: lobster12 - - October 10, 2005
Subject: you will be in awe
look at that set list then pick yourself off the floor. Top notch to say the least. Had this show for years and love busting it out every November as a ritual. Top 10 for me on my list.
Reviewer: Katman - - October 9, 2005
Subject: Set list correction
This is such a great show - especially Half-Step through Dew. Sticklers for historical accuracy should note that the WR Suite actually was played to end the first set - just after Brokedown Palace. The second set opened with Half-Step. After one of those incredible sequences of songs that makes us glad we're Deadheads, the boys continued the show with Truckin. To put it in it's correct order would take four cds.
Reviewer: gphishmon - - August 17, 2005
Subject: Amazing jam
I've been streaming this show while downloading others. I can hear that I'll have to get this one, too. Fall 73 is so awesome! I've only heard through the Dew, but gotta say the jam of Playin>El Paso>Playin'>Wharf Rat>Playin'>Dew is unreal, especially the space section, and the Dew is very solid as well (though not quite 6/18/74 or 5/8/77). The Sunshine does just that, so does the Half Step, and Big River rips. I haven't listened to the Truckin' jam yet, but even if it falls off a cliff, this is still an excellent show. The recording is a half-step high in pitch, which is normally a problem for me. The show's so good and the recording so clean otherwise that I'll ignore the pitch issue this time.
Reviewer: 67gp - - July 31, 2005
Subject: another great one
agree w/ below-although the el paso seemed a little out of place. also bobby's guitar is very forward in the mix and you can really here what he is up to-a good thing.
Reviewer: boobychew - - June 29, 2005
Subject: whoa!
someone mentioned the "The extended jam sandwich of Playin>El Paso>Playin>Wharf Rat>Playin>Morning Dew is quite simply one of the all-time best examples of the Dead's musical artistry."
insanity...the playin gets nasty...sounds is perfect/...great great show...
Reviewer: bigboypeete - - June 19, 2005
Subject: 73
WRS is very good sound is very good, the morning dew might be top ten top notch non the less, too many good shows in 73
Reviewer: bigboypeete - - June 19, 2005
Subject: 73
WRS is very good sound is very good, the morning dew might not be top ten top notch non the less, too many good shows in 73, my 5's for all these 73 shows are in comparison to the dead on a whole and with 73 it doesnt get much better, i find myself compelled to give them all a 5 its that good
Reviewer: spinneresque - - June 15, 2005
Subject: love this show
I love this show. It has the near-perfect (if not perfect) flow and consistency that are present throughout almost all '73 shows, and the whole mood of the night is very sweet. How spoiled we must be if this show is not a five-star! The playin' sequence is wonderful, then weather report. The ballads are so beautiful, and there are many of them, from the LLRain, Brokedown, Wharf Rat, Morning Dew, and the Encore Uncle John's caps it off. Add these to the Sugaree, BT Wind, Love Eachother... It is almost like a '73 with the mood of a '77. Perfect for me :)
Reviewer: dcain - - June 9, 2005
Subject: Mexican Hat Dance! and....
This is a good little concert. Dire Wolf and BTWind were surprises, as neither are noted in the setlists in Deadbase V or X. In the Mexicali track, the first forty seconds are a nifty little Mexican Hat Dance that Garcia whips up. Then Weir counts off and they do Mexicali.

Love Each Other has that early '73 lilt and bounce, though this one is slightly different to my ear than the others, a little jauntier. The tempo and structure remind one of Smoky Robinson's Second That Emotion (there is a splice around 2:30 in the middle of the solo, ouch).

In Jack Straw, Garcia is an exploratory mood. Check out his last few notes before they close out the tune, truly inventive, once of a kind.

A nice recording. At the beginning of Looks Like Rain, you can hear each note Weir and
Lesh play, a nice little duet.

Here Comes Sunshine, they get a very hypnotic bluesy jam going, you can't help but move to it.

Big River, god bless the drummer, what a snap. Great sound separation, Weir is nearly soloing, Keith has a great break.

Brokedown. They end it like they do on the album. And a very interesting lead from Garcia (starts high register). As poignant and real as it gets.

Half Step! Crisp. With some fuzzy-fat notes from Lesh. Throughout this part of the show Garcia is really hitting some wonderful, explorative notes, and displays a very nice feel. And a unique quick segue into Playin'.

People who only heard Keith in 1978 should really take a close listen to what he was capable of.
Reviewer: Capt. Cook - - February 20, 2005
Subject: Nice set list
There are some tuning problems, and some missed notes, that kind of sound like the band is having a somewhat off night. They make up with a great variation of tunes.
Reviewer: hitmeister - - December 28, 2004
Subject: A bit disappointed
I'd read a lot of great things about this show, both here and on rmgd, so I had to download it. I have to say that, while the show is solid, I don't think it's quite all it's cracked up to be. It's a nice show, and it certainly gets points for the setlist, but nothing really knocks me out other than the great Here Comes Sunshine in the first set. The Playin' seems rather ordinary. The Dew is pretty average for the era. I like the fact that there is a Truckin->Nobody's Fault->GDTRFB following the big "sandwich" jam, and that's probably my favorite part of the set. Taken as a whole, including the strong first set, I guess I'd call it above average, but not outstanding.
Reviewer: McJanks - - May 19, 2004
Subject: Denver Baby!
Being a Denverite...this one obviously holds a special charm for me.
But there is something for everyone.
The second set though for me is just incredible...loose and tight at the same time.
They do all kinds of playin's through the years...all kinds of sequences, but this one is Really Special...I'm at a loss for words
PS to really make it dank put the cryptical>mindleftbody>stella! from the next night
as a filler. But that's just me.
Reviewer: dr. flashback - - April 12, 2004
Subject: top 5!
This show just sparkles from beginning to end. I'll be listening to this show when I'm 99. The energetic playing in Jack Straw, RR Blues and HC Sunshine let you know they are ON tonight. The Brokedown and well jammed Let it Grow make the 1st Set all anyone could ask for. But the best is yet to come. The extended jam sandwich of Playin>El Paso>Playin>Wharf Rat>Playin>Morning Dew is quite simply one of the all-time best examples of the Dead's musical artistry. It blows my mind every time I listen to it, and often hear new elements I hadn't heard before.The fine Truckin>Nobody's Jam that follows is almost anti-climatic. This is a show you'll want to add to your 1973 collection for sure!
Dr. Flashback :-)
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